May 04, 2005

Columnist Sneed: FBI to exhume body of Emmitt Till

According to Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed, the FBI is planning to exhume the body of Emmitt Till, the 14 year-old black Chicago boy who was killed in Mississippi after allegedly whistling at a white woman. Till's body is buried in Burr Oak Cemetary just outside Chicago in Alsip, IL.

Till's body, which is buried next to his mother's at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, will be exhumed within the next few weeks, and an autopsy will be conducted by Cook County Medical Examiner Ed Donahue, according to a source.

"The FBI wants to know who killed Till, and due to the brutal beating he received, an exhumation may provide the evidence they need" to make a case, said the source.

The murder of Till, an unsolved case standing at the center of the American civil rights movement, gave meaning to the term "Mississippi Justice."

Then, last year, a new chapter was added to the Till story.

The U.S. Justice Department reopened the case following a documentary by African-American filmmaker Keith Beauchamp, 32, who claimed to have uncovered new evidence. The documentary, "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till," chronicled Till's nightmare death and the sham trial of his alleged murderers.

Beauchamp believes that there are five people still alive who can shed light on who actually murdered Till. The FBI feels that they can solve this case once and for all.

Posted by mhking at May 4, 2005 10:59 PM

Exhuming the body of Emmitt Till may not give answers to how and whom the killers were; however, it does give moral conscience another opportunity to see if we are treating all Americans equal. The story of Emmitt has mesmerized high school students I teach and has made them stop and think of how, themselves, treat others. If it can show how he was killed and by whom (though we already have heard the confessions of Willam and Bryant), it sends the message that others in this decade, era can be convicted for their crimes as well. It is time justice got tough!

Posted by: Carol Hesprich at May 20, 2005 04:14 PM

those stupid white muthafukkaz should rot in prison! too bad they didnt get em long ago so they would have lived their lives in prison! racist son of a bitches

DeRRtY s0uF

Posted by: Natalie at June 22, 2005 04:16 AM

Does anyone know the results from the exhuming of Till's body? What if anythign did they find out? And if they did found something out when wil the release it to the public? If any one has any ideas or any other information about it please contact me at It is very important to me to know what happened. Thank You

Posted by: Travis Sewell at October 28, 2005 01:57 PM
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